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Walleye Watch: Toledo hosts Kalamazoo on Saturday


Walleye Watch

vs. Kalamazoo

When: 7:15 p.m. Saturday


Radio: 1230 AM

Breakdown: Toledo (4-2-1) plays just its second home game of the season as it returns from a four-game road trip (2-1-1). The Walleye are tied with Kalamazoo (4-1-1) for first place in the Central Division. … Toledo defeated the Wings 4 games to 3 in the opening round of the Kelly Cup playoffs in the spring. The longtime rivals play each other just six times this season. … The Walleye won its home opener (3-0 against Quad City on Oct. 21), while the Wings are undefeated on the road (2-0-0). … Toledo defeated Worcester 3-2 on Tuesday, while Kalamazoo is coming off a 4-3 loss Wednesday at home to Cincinnati. … Kalamazoo ranks eighth in the ECHL in scoring (4 goals per game), Toledo ranks 20th at 3 goals per game. The Walleye are fourth in goals against per game (2.71), and the Wings are 15th at 3.17. … … Goalkeeper Pat Nagle (4-0-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average) was runner-up for ECHL goalie of the month in October. K-Zoo longtime goalie Joel Martin is off to a a 2-1-1 start with a 2.66 GAA. … Forward Christian Hilbrich leads the Walleye with 6 points (2 goals), while forward Shane Berschbach is second with 5 points (4 assists). Scoring has been spread around for the Walleye, as 19 players have at least one point and 11 have three or more. Newly acquired defenseman Kevin Gibson, the son of Detroit Tigers great Kirk Gibson, makes his home debut. … K-Zoo is led by forward Tyler Biggs, who has 8 points (3 goals). … It is Marvel Super Hero Night. The Walleye players will be wearing Iron Man-inspired jerseys. Iron Man will make an appearance and a posters will be handed out.

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